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Living with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a chronic and complex mental health disorder that causes extreme mood swings, including periods of extreme lows (depression) and extreme highs (mania or hypomania). In this video, we will discuss what Bipolar Disorder is, the symptoms of manic, hypomanic, and depressive episodes, and comparing the difference between Bipolar Disorder Type 1 and Type 2. Also, we will discuss the biological aspect of Bipolar Disorder by introducing two key hormones – Serotonin and Dopamine. We want to raise the public awareness of mental health issues, and emphasize the importance of seeking a health care professional if you or anyone you know is suffering from a mental health crisis.

This video was made by McMaster Demystifying Medicine students Mark Bertone, Jasmine Leung, Teja Koi and Maha Arif.

Copyright McMaster University 2021.

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32 thoughts on “Living with Bipolar Disorder

  1. I am Bipolar-I and have had two episodes. I am currently 63. The first was in the late 80s. It came about because I was taking some medication for a hiatus hernia and this had the side effect of triggering the illness. Given what this video mentioned about the dopamine, I suspect the medication for the hiatus hernia lowered the quantity of dopamine and the depressive mode was induced. Once I stopped taking the medication for the hernia, the dopamine levels went back to normal and I came out of the depressive mode. The second came due to a worry that I would not be able to find work. The unhandled worry affected the dopamine levels and triggered the illness. By pure chance I found work tutoring C++. I was terrible depressed as I began work. However, as the months went by and I was holding on to my work, the worry began to dissipate and as the students thanked me for my explanations the dopamine level increased and I went to positive. Much later I stopped the full blown mania by looking at a mirror and saying to myself "calm down, calm down." I take no medication. I've described this teaching experience under the illness in another post.

  2. Will you post a video on what it is LIKE to live with someone who has bipolar depression?

    What to do when they suddenly snap and scream at you for hours when you are only trying to unwind from school + do homework?

    What to do when they wake up, crying and only stop so they can scream at you when you are brushing your hair in the front bathroom?

  3. Anyone thinking that bipolar meds are too expensive, mine are $4 a month WITHOUT insurance. I can hold a job for years now and the extreme explosiveness held in is pretty much gone. It's not a magic pill and you'll still need help managing stress and your moods. One thing I did that was a HUGE help was kicking all the toxic people out of my life, some of which were family.

  4. I was made to believe theirs no cure by my canadian doctors, I had bipolar for 5 years I've been on medications searching for a permanent cure and I came across Dr Isibor on youtube which I started with his natural herbal treatment and body cleanser and now I'm better so happy I was able to live normally again..

  5. To anyone struggling out there. Bipolar is manageable treatable we are learning more and more every day. you and not alone!

    I have been researching Bipolar disorder using neuroimaging for more then 20 years and i am now creating videos to help people understand the biological basis of BD and other mental health conditions. I hope it helps i discuss the different types and diagnosis of Bipolar.

  6. The more I learn about such content like this, the more I am realising myself this is exactly what I am going through right now. I am currently being treated with SSRI for depression, but the medication seems to put me in a severe state of mania instead. Being officially diagnosed as unipolar and being medically treated accordingly, ultimately seems to reveal to me that I may have underlying mania and thus rather suffering from bipolar disorder instead of unipolar depression..

  7. Last year I had 3 massive manic episodes. One of which I have little to no memory of. That happened in an airport and I'm lucky I was not arrested. Thanks to my good friend being there with me. Extreme stress in a trigger for me. I have to keep my meds regulated. Sometimes I feel on top of the world like sooooo freekin happy, invincible even, which can lead to me doing risky stupid things. The flip side is the extreme depression. No reason just suicidal thoughts, don't want to talk to anyone or do anything. I normally sleep these off. Thank you Clonazapam 😊

  8. I go to the psychiatrist soon. I know something’s wrong with me and I may be bipolar but it’s hard to face. I think stress and over thinking triggers my episodes.

  9. Good new all mental problem can be cure and treated naturally by homopathy , ayurveda and yoga as follow (only for knowledge purpose shouls take medicine and yoga pratice under doctor supervison)
    1. (ayurveda)
    4. (homopathy)
    5. -kapabhrati for 10 mins (Yoga)
    6. – anulom vilom 30min to 1 hour (yoga)
    7. Vrikshaha yoga 3 mins.

  10. Do not let your Doctor lie to you and make you believe there is no cure from CANCER , I was a CANCER patient until I came in contact with #drojemen who used his natural herbs to cure me of CANCER

  11. I have Bipolar, I survived my suicidal attempt 18 years ago. I am so grateful that I didn’t die even though I became paralyzed. My mental health is excellent now. I hope you will not give up on yourself, be educated about your depression/mental illness. Sharing my experience here

  12. Most of the medication for bipolar disorder causes weight gain. The first medication I was put on caused me to get man boobs and gain about 60 pounds so I went off of it for about 3 months then I had a manic episode after that they put me on lithium and I reasearched that medication only to find out it’s going to mess up my thyroid. Honestly I feel like they just don’t care about you and are only interested in making money it just makes me so sad that they treat other humans like dogs and not people

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